Introduction: Bangladesh is a land of festivals. We have a lot of national festivals. It is said that thirteen festivals are held in twelvemonths in Bangladesh. These national festivals are related to different histories and struggle of the people.
Eid-ul-Fitr: Eid-ul-Fitr is the greatest religious festival of the Muslims. It is observed at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. On this day, they offer Eid prayers. They give charities to the poor so that they can enjoy the day. After the prayer, people embrace one another to express their fraternity, friendship, and fellow feeling.
Eid-ul-Azha: Another important festival of the Muslims is Eid-ul-Azha. On this day after the Eid prayers, people slaughter their sacrificial animals and distribute meat to the neighbors, the relatives and the poor.
The festivals of Hindus: The Hindus have many religious festivals which they observe with a great deal of pomp and grandeur. Among these festivals, we many mentions the Durga Puja, the Saraswati Puja, the Laxmi Puja, and the Kali Puja. On these occasions, the Hindus invite the people of all community to share their joy with them.
The festivals of Christians and Buddhists: Besides, the biggest religious festival of the Christians is the Christmas Day which they observe with great religious fervor. The Buddhists celebrate the· Buddha Purnima, with a great deal of delight and devotion. The tribal people have their own festivals and celebrate them in a grand and gorgeous manner.
Pahela Baishakh: Pahela. Baishakh, the first day of Bangla new year is observed throughout the country with traditional festivity. Different socio-cultural organizations chalk out elaborate programs to celebrate the day.
The Independence day: The 26th–March, the Independence Day of Bangladesh is another national festival. In this day the national flag is hoisted at all public buildings and at the top of all private buildings. The day begins with 31 gun salutes.
The Victory Day: The Victory Day is. another national festival. The national flag is hoisted atop all the houses and the important public buildings are illuminated on that occasion. On that day the President, the Prime Minister and the leaders of different political parties go to the National Memorial at Savar and places t1oral wreaths at the mausoleum.
Conclusion: Bangladesh is a country of festival loving people. The people of Bangladesh observed various kinds of national festivals through the year-round. These festivals revive and energize them. These festivals remind us of our cultural heritage.